William C. Drda Woods

Edwardsville – Madison County  |  71 Acres

Type: Natural Area

Owned by: City of Edwardsville

Hours: Currently under restoration by the City of Edwardsville

Location and Directions: Located adjacent to Bohm Woods State Nature Preserve. The parking area for the property is located behind the “Reserve” apartment complex on New Poag Road. Access the property by taking the shared roadway between the Reserve and Axis Edwardsville complexes.

5404 New Poag Road, Edwardsville, IL 62025

Facilities: There are no facilities yet at this location.

Regulations: This site is owned and managed by the City of Edwardsville Parks and Recreation Department and is currently under restoration. Visit the city’s website for more information.


The William C. Drda Woods is a 71 acre park that is currently being reforested. Drda Woods preserve is adjacent to Bohm Woods State Nature Preserve.  Preservation work is going on through parks staff, volunteers and the Heartland Conservancy. Part of the terms of a grant from Illinois Clean Energy Foundation includes restoration of the forest which was previously used as farmland.  Drda Woods will have public access off of New Poag Road near the entrance to SIUE in the future.